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Ecuadorean prisoners to manufacture coffins as Coronavirus creates shortage- Reuters

Date: Apr 10, 2020

Hundreds of prisoners in Ecuador will begin making coffins to help cover a shortage emerging in Guayaquil, the country’s largest city and the epicenter of one of the worst outbreaks of the new coronavirus in Latin America.

Prisoners in Ambato, a city just south of the capital Quito, will use wood seized by environmental authorities as part of anti-deforestation efforts to make the coffins, which they plan to start delivering next week to southern Guayas province, home to 68% of total cases of the virus and home to Guayaquil.

“The Environment Ministry is donating seized wood, which would have gone toward other purposes for a noble cause: Give a wooden coffin to families who have lost a loved one,” Environment Minister Juan DeHowitt said in a statement.

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